Catania tallies a goal and an assist in Senior Day win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – In a must-win Little East Conference (LEC) game Saturday afternoon, the Plymouth State University women's soccer team upended the University of Southern Maine, 3-2, to stay alive in the LEC playoff hunt.
Prior to the game the Panthers honored their seven seniors; Naomi Kramer (Bow, N.H.), Sophie Brisere (Stockholm, Sweden), Adrianna Kippenberger (Wilmington, Mass.), Kat Holmes (Newmarket, N.H.), Taylor Wright (Candia, N.H.), Kate Dasey (Concord, N.H.) and Caitlin Johnson (Newington, Conn.).
Both teams battled through the first thirty minutes of play. PSU freshman Sofia Karlsson (Vaxjo, Sweden) found herself with a breakaway opportunity, and the rookie netted her first career goal in the 36th minute to give Plymouth a 1-0 advantage.
Coming out of the halftime intermission, it didn't take long for the Panthers to double the lead. Junior Sabrina Sweeney (Raymond, N.H.) netted her second goal of the season just over a minute into the second half on a feed from sophomore Caitlin Catania (Billerica, Mass.).
Southern Maine cut into the deficit roughly 12 minutes later, when junior Olivia Mull (Portland, Maine) scored an unassisted goal in a one-on-one opportunity with just over thirty minutes left to play.
The Panthers responded and Catania restored the two-goal lead when she scored her fourth goal of the season in the 78th minute.
Catania's goal eventually became the game-winner, as Southern Maine scored their second of the game just two minutes later. Freshman Abigail Mazza (Rumford, Maine) was able to slip one past junior goalkeeper Leandra Nault (Goffstown, N.H.) with just under 10 minutes remaining in regulation.
|PSU women's soccer seniors with their families and coaches.|
The Panthers continued to pressure the USM defense, but junior goalkeeper Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) would prevent PSU from adding an insurance goal.
The Huskies best opportunity to tie the game came on a corner kick with just over two minutes remaining, but USM was unable to get off a shot and the Panthers held on for their first LEC win of the season, keeping their playoff hopes alive.
Wright, Brisere, Dasey, Holmes, Kramer, Johnson & Kippenberger.
Plymouth fired 13 shots, while the Huskies finished with seven. Nault improved to 4-2-0 on the year, with Canastra dropping to 2-9-0. Southern Maine falls to 2-11-0 and remains the only LEC team without a league win (0-5-0). Plymouth State evens its overall mark at 6-6-0 and is still in the hunt for a playoff spot at 1-4-0 in LEC action.
The Panthers return to Arold Field on Wednesday (Oct. 18) to take on Salem State in a non-conference game at 3:00 p.m.
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